Harry McDowell is one of Devon’s young up and coming contemporary artists. McDowell was raised on a smallholding positioned in the rolling countryside between Newton Abbot and Ashburton. Much of his earlier work has been influenced by the rural backdrop of his upbringing shaping him into an artist transfixed by nature, its scale and formal beauty. McDowell has produced and curated work for the past decade with examples spanning both corporate and private settings as well as diverse genres stretching from performance to sculpture and installation. This wide grasp of the arts can be attributed to his study of philosophy and contemporary art at Reading University where he was presented with the “Henry and Mary Willink award” in 2011
His work is greatly influenced by the found materials he uses and the process of which such media is chosen and collected. His body of work adopts objects and materials with seemingly pre-assigned goals and functions within everyday life. and through the process of warping and manipulating these functions, creates a new object with a new focus. McDowell reduces objects and materials to their formal qualities reigniting a purely aesthetic perception of shape, colour, material and process that transcends function.